How to Apply

The Burke Foundation and Marquette University are pleased to offer the Burke Scholarship Program, a full-tuition scholarship for Wisconsin high school students who have a passion for social justice and a commitment to serve others. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded annually to 10 academically talented Wisconsin high school seniors who exhibit leadership, have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, and aspire to pursue careers that benefit the public good. Scholarship recipients may also receive a stipend for living expenses based on their financial need. 

The Burke Scholarship Program is an intensive program that links academics, career goals and engagement with the community in order to deepen scholars’ abilities as change-makers and active citizens. A significant part of the program is the commitment to serve 10 hours of community service per week during each academic semester (equal to 300 hours of community service per academic year). Additionally, the program includes weekly seminars, leadership development, peer and staff support, and extracurricular activities that are immersed in the Milwaukee community and the spirit of Jesuit education. 

The full-tuition scholarship and need-based housing stipend are renewable each year of the recipient’s four-year (eight-semester) undergraduate program provided the recipient maintains good academic standing, meets program requirements and lives on campus all four years.  

Additional program details about this award

Scholarship Information 

Award Amount 

  • Full tuition and student fees 
  • Housing stipend, based on student need 

Selection Guidelines 

  • Wisconsin high school senior or entering first-year student following a verified service gap year 
  • Must be accepted to Marquette University prior to applying  
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and community through volunteerism, community engagement, leadership, career goals and passion to make a difference  
  • Demonstrated academic excellence through a high GPA, ACT/SAT and application materials. Applicants under the test-optional policy are eligible and will be given equal consideration.  
  • Applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Net Price Calculator